Friday, October 8, 2010

Mental Auto-Complete

In order to listen to someone, you need to turn off the "auto-complete" function in your brain and thoughts. When someone is speaking we tend to complete their sentences in our own minds. In the process we fill in the sentence with our own thoughts and opinions.

And most of the time we draw the wrong conclusion and blurt out a response that is wrong, way off the mark and usually has nothing to do with the conversation or the point the other person is trying to make.

So let them finish, process what was said and then respond.

Your confused response may also trigger an auto-complete in the other persons mind as well. And it can be detrimental to you. If you auto-complete and your wrong, their opinion of you is that your are the one that does not understand or does not get it.

Try it. Hopefully by turning off your auto-complete you will not have to use your spell check to make corrections.

Vision without Action is just a Dream

Most stories or biographies of business titans and tycoons usually include references to the "vision" of the person. You know, they had the vision to put a coffee cup in everyones hand or build cars using mass production. And my local Louisiana favorite, "a chicken in every pot" was the vision or claim made by Huey P. Long. (only in Louisiana could we have famous food references).

But what they don't tell you is the "action(s)" taken to turn that vision into reality. That is the intangible that never seems to get revealed or uncovered. How did they do it?

I can understand the vision at the beginning of the careers of these business giants. They had an idea and they acted on it. But something is missing. Some action is not being revealed. Or is it and we just don't see it?

Action is not just a single event. It is a constant series of events, each capitalizing on the previous.

A running back diving over the goal line at the end of the 4th quarter scoring the winning touch down is a single action. But the dedication, years of training, and the endurance and mental toughness is the result of thousands and thousands of actions.

And its the same regardless of your profession, career, or stage and role in life. You don't walk across the stage without years of sacrifice and hard work. You don't raise a successful family without a lot of hard work. And you don't make millions selling chicken by simply waking up one day and saying, Hey, i have a great idea for a recipe.

But dreams are nice too, they just don't do anything for you without action.